Agency VA 3144
Nurses Board
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Date Range: 1924 - 1958
 
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Establishment

The Nurses Board (also known as the Nursing Board of Victoria) was established on 1st July 1924 with the proclamation of the Nurses Registration Act 1923 (No 3307). The Board also became responsible for the:

- registration of midwives in 1929 with the passing of the Midwives Act 1928 (No 3587). (Midwives were previously registered by the Midwives Board - VA 3143).

- registration of mental nurses in 1950 with the proclamation of the Nurses and Midwives Act 1950 (No 5470).

Prior to the establishment of the Board, Victorian nurses were not subject to any compulsory training or registration. However, private organisations such as the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses' Association did register nurses who completed and passed training in one of their training schools.

Formation and Membership of the Board

The original Act provided for a Board of seven, (one of whom was appointed by the Governor in Council to be chairman). Membership consisted of a ministerial nominee, a medical practitioner, two registered nurses, one member representing persons being trained in nursing, and two nominees representing hospitals having a General Training School. Subsequent Acts increased membership and provided representation for midwives (1936), the legal profession (1940) and mental and mental deficiency nurses (1950).

Functions

The Board was established as a policy-making body, responsible for the regulation of nursing matters. It was responsible for the establishment of standards, the co-ordination of education and the registration of nurses and midwives. (To be eligible for registration, nurses and midwives were required to undergo training in training schools approved by the Board and to pass the prescribed examinations).

In performing these functions, the Board:

- registered nurses in many of the fields of nursing and from 1929 registered midwives.

- issued, annulled, suspended or restored registration and certificates of registration and judged any disputable cases.

- regulated the content of training courses, determined the duration of courses and managed examinations.

- approved or withdrew approval allowing a hospital to be a general training school or to conduct a special course in nursing.

- arranged reciprocal recognition of training and qualifications with other nursing organisations within Australia and overseas.

- published the register of nurses in the Victorian Government Gazette.

Abolition

With the proclamation of the Nurses Act 1956 (No.6035) on 1 March 1958 the Victorian Nursing Council (VA 1352) was established. The Council assumed responsibility for functions previously administered by the Board, and expanded its activities to include the registration of all nurses and the investigation of various matters related to nursing.

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- Register of Nursing Services in Victoria in Time of War VPRS 16377 North Melbourne Open
? 1937 - ? 2004 Chief Executive Officer Correspondence VPRS 16431 North Melbourne Closed
1916 - 1994 Midwives Register VPRS 16411 North Melbourne Open
1924 - 1957 'Early' General Nurse Record Cards, Alphabetical VPRS 16364 North Melbourne Open
1924 - 1995 Examination Results VPRS 16366 North Melbourne Part Open
1924 - 2001 General Nurse Register VPRS 16408 North Melbourne Open
1924 - 2010 Board Minutes VPRS 16380 North Melbourne Part Open
1928 - 1994 Infant Welfare Nurses / Maternal and Child Health Nurses Register VPRS 16428 North Melbourne Open
1928 - 1996 General Correspondence Files VPRS 8834 North Melbourne Open
1929 - 2010 Annual Reports VPRS 16361 North Melbourne Open
1935 - 1995 Examination Papers VPRS 16365 North Melbourne Open
1939 - 1977 Post-Graduate Course Register VPRS 16375 North Melbourne Open
1940 - 1957 'Early' Midwifery Registration Cards VPRS 16363 North Melbourne Open
1942 - 1968 Record of Cases of Puerperal Pyrexia, Sepsis or of Infectious Nature VPRS 16437 North Melbourne Open
1946 - cont Correspondence Files (Institutions) (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 8832 Other Not Applicable
1947 - 1994 Examination Committees Records VPRS 16374 North Melbourne Open
1950 - 1973 Tuberculosis Nursing Aides Register VPRS 16429 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 2001 Nursing Aide and State-enrolled Nurses Register VPRS 16410 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 2001 Psychiatric Nurses Register VPRS 16412 North Melbourne Open
1953 - 2001 Mental Retardation Nurses Register VPRS 16413 North Melbourne Open
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1924 - 1958 Health VRG 39